Chongqing, China, 1977 and I’m 7 years old. Today in Wan’s home, a new program starts. I don’t need to draw the stationary plaster any more. Wan lets me do the water-color painting. Oh, I love color. Before I go to the color part, I need to delineate the outline. I don’t look at anything, but draw the outline by imagination.
What I draw is the parachute tower below my home, which is the First Workers’ Hospital, Lianglukou, Chongqing. Chongqing is a mountain city and the hospital is on a hill top about 40 meters high. It is said that the parachute tower is used to train the militia. The parachute tower looks 60 meter high, with 3 long arms extending out from its center, and 3 parachutes at the end of the arms. The arm looks also 60 meters long. Both the parachute town and the sand on the ground appear grayish brown.
I’ve seen the scene when the parachute tower is in use. The 3 parachutes from the 3 arms of the tower descend down from the air 60 meters above, and 3 persons in uniform stand on the sand, waiting. When the parachute descends to 1 meter away from the ground, it stops. Then the 3 people tie the ropes from the parachute to their body, and hold tight the ropes of the parachute with their arms. Then the parachutes with their bodies ascend slowly in the air and finally they reach the terminal of the long arms of the parachute tower. For 1 minute, their body stops in the air 60 meters above the ground. “Pa”, the terminal frame of the long arm of the parachute tower releases the parachutes, which is descending with the bodies. It’s not very fast nor very slowly. The several bodies are going to hit the ground and the exciting moment comes. One body keeps its balance when touching the ground, still standing. The other two bodies stumble and sit or lie on the sand. I imagine some sand has entered their mouth.
Unlike before that I use pencil to delineate the outline, now I use the brush with carbon ink to directly draw on the rice paper. Chinese painting use carbon ink instead of pigment ink. The rice paper is called Xuan Paper, meaning it is made in Xuan City, Anhui Province. In China, Hu Brush, Hui Carbon Ink, Xuan Paper and Duan Ink Stand are called the Four-Treasure for writing or painting. As for whether the rice paper I use is from Xuan City, Anhui Province, I don’t know.
I’m painting on the rice paper and the carbon ink is permeating on the paper. Oh, that is no good, the ink is too dense. I take the brush, rinsing it in the glass water bottle and dip less carbon ink on it. This time it permeates less. Finally, the difficult part of delineating the outline is over. Looking at it, I feel it is like Chinese painting, black and white. Usually Chinese painting seldom uses color.
Now my favorite part comes—painting the works with color. I don’t use the color pencil any more, but use the palette to color it. The center of the palette is a concaved down circle and around it is 8 concaved down circles, with little walls to separate them. On the table, there are 6 pigment tubes. They all look pleasant: light green, red, brown, yellow, white and blue. How do I choose the color for the parachute and the sand below it? I imagine it can be the mixture of yellow and brown. I squeeze the pigment of the 2 colors on one circle of the palette. Then I use the brush to mix them and the new color comes into being: light brown. Then I use a clean brush, dip some water on it, squeeze some water out of it over a cup. Then I use the dipped brush to dip into the light brown pigment. Now, my brush is ready for painting. I start to use it to color the parachute tower on the rice paper. Some places look so dense. I add more water to the brush and then try again. This time it looks more like the color of the parachute tower and the sand. This is the water-color. The knack is not to let the pigment dissolve as thin as liquid, and meanwhile the pigment needs to dissolve to substantial extent. It is still solid, kind of like liquid, but more like solid.
The end of “Water Color Paints Chongqing Parachute Tower—My Life in China 1.23”
My Life in China Book One: From Birth to the Graduation of the Elementary School to be continued
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